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Saco River Indians (Abenaki)

"Saco River Indians" was the name of one of the important bands or subgroups of the Abenaki tribe, located in what is now southern Maine and southeastern New Hampshire. They took this name from the Saco River, which runs through their traditional territory. Their own name for their band is Apikwahki, which means "land of caves" and is usually rendered in English as Pigwacket or Pequawket. After the arrival of Europeans, the Saco River Indians merged into other Abenaki and New England Algonquian groups and today there is no distinct Saco River band.

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Here are links to our webpages about the Saco River tribe and language:

 Abenaki language
 Abenaki in Maine
 The Abenaki Indians
 Abnaki legends
 Abenaki animal words
 Northeastern Woodland Indians
 Algonquian languages

Here are a few good books about the Saco River and related Abenaki bands:
 Norumbega Reconsidered: Mawooshen and the Wawenoc Diaspora
 Twelve Thousand Years: American Indians in Maine
 The Language of Basket Making



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